USS ALABAMA Battleship: A Day Trip from Gulf Shores

May 21, 2018
Since the USS ALABAMA, known as the “Mighty A”, took her place in Mobile Bay and opened to the public in 1965, more than 14 million visitors have stood in awe and remembrance of her service during World War II. [Read More…]


3 Off the Beach Activities to do with Kids in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach

May 10, 2018
As beach weather beckons you to the Alabama Gulf Coast, it’s time to start planning for serious family fun. [Read More…]

Two Days in Gulf Shores: An Itinerary

May 1, 2018
If you only have a short weekend in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, fret not – that’s still plenty of time to dine decadently, get your adrenaline pumping, and get into a state of utter relaxation. [Read More…]

 

Can't-Miss Gardens and Trails in Coastal Alabama

April 25, 2018
Whether you’re a nature-lover or are just looking for a unique way to explore during your beach vacation to Gulf Shores, Bellingrath Gardens and Home and the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail should definitely be on your list of things to do!  [Read More…]


How to: Dolphin Cruises in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach

April 16, 2018
What is it that is so thrilling about seeing dolphins leap from the water? One moment the surface of the water is all you see, the next moment a magnificent creature is leaping high into the air. [Read More…]

3 Gorgeous Beachfront Condos in Gulf Shores

April 3, 2018
These beachfront condos in Gulf Shores are perfect for your next couples-only or family vacation! [Read More…]


The Oyster Trail in Coastal Alabama

March 28, 2018
A project of the Mobile Bay Oyster Gardening Program, The Oyster Trail is a fun treasure hunt with which the whole family can get involved! [Read More…]


What to Do This Spring at the Beach in Gulf Shores

March 13, 2018
If cabin fever has set in, escaping to the beach in the springtime is a great idea because spring at the beach is absolutely glorious! [Read More…]


Bird Watching in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, & Beyond

March 1, 2018
Birding enthusiasts love the Gulf Shores and Orange Beach area for its variety of feathered creatures that both reside here and migrate seasonally. [Read More…]


Tasty Reasons We Love Alabama Seafood

January 28, 2018
Alabama is the place for savory seafood along the Gulf Coast. Needless to say, we’re obsessed with some of the culinary creativity that Gulf fish and crustaceans inspire in talented, award-winning chefs. Fresh & Fine In Coastal Alabama, we certainly have our fair share of restaurateurs who know how to prepare local seafood (and who [Read More …]
 

Spring Break-Worthy Condos in Gulf Shores, Alabama

January 15, 2018
 If you’re looking for a Spring Break destination for the whole family, look no further than Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. Known for its family-friendly atmosphere, Coastal Alabama offers an ideal blend of attractions, restaurants, and the beachfront condos your kids are dreaming about! Here are 6 condos perfect for your family’s spring vacation! Phoenix [Read More ...]


Celebrate 2018: 5 Bucket List-Worthy Activities in Gulf Shores

January 2, 2018
When was the last time you slowed down and savored the moment? If you’re still thinking about your answer, then it sounds like 2018 is the perfect time to start. And just where should you begin, you ask? The Alabama Gulf Coast, of course! When you’re down in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, things tend [Read More…]
 

A Year of Food: Eat Your Way Through 2018

December 30, 2017
In Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, we really like food. From fresh-off-the-boat seafood to falling-off-the-bone BBQ, our cuisine is the center of life in Coastal Alabama. We plan our days around it and, sometimes, we even plan entire weekends around it! If you’re looking to join us in eating your way through 2018, these 8 [Read More…]
 

Celebrate Mardi Gras in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach

December 15, 2017
Mardi Gras is nearly upon us on the Alabama Gulf Coast! Before you know it, the beads will be soaring, brilliantly colored floats rolling, brass bands in full swing, and king cakes flying off of every grocers’ shelf.  The Parades This year, Fat Tuesday takes place on February 13, 2018, but there’s plenty of merriment to [Read More...]
 

2 Unique Things to Do in Orange Beach: The Coastal Arts Center

December 3, 2017
It doesn’t matter if you’re simply looking for something out of the ordinary or if you’re trying to create something extraordinary, The Coastal Arts Center of Orange Beach is one of the most fascinating places in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. Located in the city’s first hotel, built in 1923, The Coastal Arts Center of Orange [Read More…]
 

6 Spring Events in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach

November 30, 2017
These events and festival are reason enough to come to Gulf Shores and Orange Beach this spring (as if you needed an excuse to come to the beach). Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday), Gulf Shores and Orange Beach February 13 Head to the streets of Gulf Shores and Orange beach as the mystic societies take to [Read More…]
 

Big Thrills on the Gulf Coast

November 19, 2017
Adrenaline junkies, look no further! Gulf Shores and Orange Beach are bursting with attractions offering big thrills. Here are four places to go to get your heart racing. OWA (all the things!) Drops, loops, twists, spins, and vertical acceleration can be found in the 21 amusement park rides at OWA. Whether you want to experience [Read More…]
 

10 Unique Gifts in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach

November 8, 2017
Holiday shopping shouldn’t be an anxiety-ridden activity to be avoided. It should be fun! Although it’s easy to sit behind the computer and click add to cart, little compares to the supporting small businesses, especially when it comes to customer service and knowing the quality of product you’re purchasing. What’s even better is shopping local [Read More…]
 

7 Places to Stay for Thanksgiving in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach

October 28, 2017
The holidays are arguably the best time of the year, but the spending the holidays at the beach? Nothing can top that! If you’re looking for beachfront luxury, look no further than these condos in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach for your Thanksgiving celebration. 1 Bedroom Whether it’s a couples-only escape or just you and [Read More…]
 

Where to Stay During the Hangout Oyster Cook-off in Gulf Shores

October 20, 2017
When you grow up on the Alabama Gulf Coast, there are three certain things you have to learn before you ever hit grammar school. Things like manners, which team to cheer for, and oyster season is in months that have an “R” in them.  Of course, that last one is less important now that oyster [Read More…]
 

Must Try: The German Sausage Festival in Elberta, AL

October 7, 2017
Tradition is very important to southerners, which is why we make it a point to celebrate our heritage every year. That’s exactly what happens twice a year in Elberta during the German Sausage Festival. During the last Saturday of both March and October, a celebration takes place from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. in Elberta [Read More…]
 

Football Food in Gulf Shores

September 30, 2017
The weather is preparing to cool slightly, football is in high gear, and dining alfresco reigns supreme. Here are two ways to enjoy all three. Lucy Buffett’s Lulu’s at Homeport Marina Lulu’s is located in the heart of Gulf Shores in Homeport Marina on the Intracoastal Waterway.  Using most of her grandmother’s recipes, Lucy Buffet [Read More…]
 

Stay at the Sandpiper Condos in Gulf Shores

September 19, 2017
What is the Sandpiper? It’s the kind of place where you pop popcorn, spend the evenings playing board games, and wake the kids up to the smell of bacon and pancakes.  Each unit in this beachfront property provides the comfort of your own home, but with proximity to the beach. Does it get much better [Read More…]
 

3 Beachfront Condos in Gulf Shores Perfect for your Family

September 7, 2017
Finding accommodations for your family’s beach vacation can be overwhelming. You know all beachfront condos in Gulf Shores are not created equal, but where do you being? Take it from us, these three condominiums make it easier to narrow down the sea of choices.   Bang for your Buck If you want beautiful, beachfront accommodations [Read More…]
 

Eat & Play During Fall Break in Gulf Shores

August 31, 2017
School’s barely back in session, but for most students, fall break is already on the brain. We’re firm believers that fall is one of the best times for a beach vacation, so the fact that schools let out for a week only helps to further prove our point. Here are a few things you should [Read More…]
 

Unique Things to do in Gulf Shores

August 20, 2017
Grab Some Crazy Grub Gulf Shore and Orange Beach have plenty of famous restaurants known for their delicious coastal cuisine. Those same chefs are dishing up some pretty wacky dishes, and you’ve got to try these during your next vacation. Ever wanted to try a milkshake with a full slice of cheesecake on top? Grab [Read More…]
 

Back to the Beach before Back to School

August 7, 2017
It’s that time of year again! Shiny new school supplies are lining the shelves of stores and teachers are hard at work prepping for the onset of new students. Sure, you could buckle down and make the kids scrub the house so that everything is in its proper place before the new school year begins. [Read More…]
 

Why a Fall Beach Vacation is a Must

July 31, 2017
Most American’s vacation hours are spent during summer when it’s warm, the kids are out of school, and everyone is just itching to get away.  How long ago has it been since that vacation?  Are you itching yet?  Even if it’s only been a few weeks, there’s something about a summer vacation that’s vastly different [Read More…]
 

The Newest Condo on the Beach: Phoenix Gulf Shores

July 17, 2017
Some people say their favorite smell is the scent of a new car – we’re guessing those people have never been inside a brand new condominium. The Phoenix Gulf Shores is the newest condo on the Gulf of Mexico’s shores and the only thing better than its newness are the amenities and the building’s proximity [Read More…]
 

What Beaches are in Alabama?

July 10, 2017
Sure, you hear about people jaunting off to Florida for the weekend, or maybe your family vacations on the East Coast every year. But what about a little further west (but not too much further)? What beaches are in Alabama, you ask? Let’s talk! Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Gulf Shores is a self-proclaimed small [Read More…]
 

4 Don’t Miss Fall Events in Gulf Shores & Orange Beach

June 28, 2017
Fall in Coastal Alabama means (slightly) cooler weather and a seemingly endless supply of weekend activities. Here are four fall events in Gulf Shores & Orange Beach that you won’t want to miss (trust us)!  The 45th Annual National Shrimp Festival When? October 12-15, 2017 Where? At the intersection of Highways 59 & 182 in Gulf Shores Join 250,000 [Read More…]
 

Proof You Need to Vacation in Alabama

June 14, 2017
Between the new theme parks, endless fishing opportunities, and amazing restaurants, it’s not like you need more reasons to vacation in Alabama. We thought we’d make the case anyway. The views are pretty sweet. Especially for dinner… …even at our restaurants. And you don’t always have to get there by car. Working out is a [Read More…]
 

Places to Eat | Orange Beach, Alabama Restaurants

June 5, 2017
When you’re looking for a place to eat in Orange Beach, the restaurant list seems daunting and endless. We’ve got a few spots that are sure-fire wins for whatever your group needs to please their palates!   Brunch If your desire to cook while you’re on vacation ends after you’ve made a pot of coffee, [Read More…]
 

Gulf Shores Theme Park | Where to Play

May 20, 2017
Is there anything better than being a kid on a beach vacation? If you ask us, the only thing better than basking in the sun and splashing in the Gulf all day is getting into some seriously thrilling action while you’re on your family beach trip! If you’re looking for a theme park or some [Read More…]
 

Girls’ Weekend Getaway

April 30, 2017
Sometimes there’s no getting around it: you need a girls’ weekend getaway. Gulf Shores and Orange Beach are a perfect destination for you and your best girlfriends to kick back so you can return to the real word refreshed. Here is a breakdown of our favorite things to do and where to stay on your [Read More…]
 

9 Tips for a Budget-Friendly Gulf Shores Beach Vacation

April 20, 2017
A weekend or week-long trip to Gulf Shores doesn’t have to break the bank. These 9 tips will keep your beach vacation cost low and the fun high! Stay in a condo with a kitchen so you don’t have to venture out for each meal. You can pack lunches and snacks to bring out to [Read More…]
 

15 Ways to Spend the Day in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach

April 13, 2017
Morning Mornings are usually a little cooler in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, so take this time to get out and explore nature or the area’s history. Of course, this is also prime time to sip coffee on your balcony and do absolutely nothing (we’re ok with that, too!). Encounter something wild at the Alabama [Read More…]
 

Beautiful Beachfront Condos in Gulf Shores & Orange Beach

March 31, 2017
Looking for beachfront condos in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach? Look no further than these gorgeous beachfront units. Overlooking the Gulf of Mexico? Check! Ideal sunset balconies? Check! Walking distance to local hot spots? You know it! Here are a few of our favorites! Caribbean 404 Situated near plenty of restaurants, but we won’t blame [Read More…]
 

6 Relaxing Ways to Spend the Day in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach

March 22, 2017
When was the last time you slowed down and savored the moment? If you’re still thinking about your answer, then it sounds like it’s time for a slow-paced day in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.  When you’re here, things tend to move a little slower—and that’s just the way we like it. With so much [Read More…]
 

Summer Concerts at the Wharf in Orange Beach, Alabama

March 8, 2017
It’s Concert Season on the Gulf Coast It’s almost time for @lukebryan weekend with guests @bretteldredge & @brettyoungmusic  Tickets for the Saturday, March 18 show are available the Wharf Box office, by phone 800.745.3000, or on Ticketmaster.com. A post shared by The Wharf Amp (@thewharfamp) on Mar 13, 2017 at 3:00pm PDT Ahhh, summer.  [Read More…]
 

Things to do with the Whole Family in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach

February 28, 2017
Staying on the Alabama Gulf Coast means family-friendly fun and uninhibited relaxation. It’s the ideal vacation for the multi-generational family because there’s something for each person. As a matter-of-fact, there are so many things to do with the whole family in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, that we thought we’d detail out some of our favorites. [Read More…]
 

6 Ways to Get Outdoors in Orange Beach

February 21, 2017
Spring is all about getting back to nature; about experiencing the joys of basking in the warm sunshine. Of course, at the beach, spring starts now! What are the best things to do in Orange Beach this spring in the great outdoors? Well, the options are endless, but here are 6 of our favorites.   [Read More…]
 

5 Things to Do During Spring Break in Orange Beach and Gulf Shores

February 10, 2017
Catch some Live Music Is there anything more relaxing than kicking back with an ice cold drink and enjoying fresh Gulf air filled with a salty breeze and live music? We can’t think of much, which is why we love that on any given night, you can find artists crooning at our waterfront (and water [Read More…]
 

Orange Beach & Gulf Shores Events: Spring Edition

January 31, 2017
Anytime of the year, the Alabama Gulf Coast has something going on. We may be Coastal folks, but we’re also Southerners through and through, which means we’ve always got something to celebrate and we’re always making sure our visitors feel welcome. So here you are looking for Orange Beach or Gulf Shores events, and we’ve [Read More…]
 

Planning the Perfect Gulf Shores Honeymoon

January 18, 2017
When it comes to planning your Gulf Shores honeymoon, we’ve done the heavy lifting for you. Now all you have to worry about lifting is that deliciously fruity cocktail – umbrella optional. Beachfront Accommodations Choosing to stay in a condo means you get access to plenty of amenities that’ll make for a more pleasurable stay [Read More…]
 

Places to stay for Hangout Music Festival

January 10, 2017
If you need help finding places to stay for Hangout Music Festival, we’ve got you covered. Hangout Music Festival in Gulf Shores is an unforgettable experience.  Seriously…just look at the line up.   Three days of epic music on white sand beaches can’t go wrong – unless you’re struggling to find the perfect place to [Read More…]
 

A First Timer’s Guide to Gulf Shores and Orange Beach

December 29, 2016
We’ve rounded up everything you need to know if you’re planning your first-ever trip to Gulf Shores or Orange Beach. We’re a little jealous that you get to discover it all for the first time, but mostly thrilled for you because it’s absolutely paradise. And yes, we’re a little biased, but the scenery speaks for [Read More…]
 

11 Places to Stay for your Orange Beach or Gulf Shores Spring Break

December 19, 2016
If looking for the perfect spot for your Orange Beach or Gulf Shores Spring Break seems like a daunting task, then you’re in the right place. Here are 11 of our favorite places to stay on one of the most needed breaks of the year! Clearwater 5D This brightly colored, beachfront unit will kick those winter [Read More…]
 

Why Everyone Loves the Beaches in Alabama

December 7, 2016
Toes in the warm sand. Salty Gulf air. Ice cold cocktails. There’s nothing like a beach vacation. But when you think Alabama, do you automatically think beach? If the answer is no, here are a few reasons (and pics) that prove the beaches in Alabama are incredible. 1. Weekend Getaways & Seasonal Vacays Located within a [Read More…]
 

Gulf Shores Condo Rentals: Two Vacation Ideas

November 28, 2016
When it comes to Gulf Shores condo rentals, you’ve got options. Whether you need a cozy one bedroom unit for two or a penthouse suite fit for a holiday feast, there’s something for you. Here are two of our favorite spots and a vacation to match.  Just for Me & You Where to stay: Caribbean [Read More…]
 

Christmas Events in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach (& beyond)

November 17, 2016
It may not be the cold, snowy winter wonderland you see in Christmas movies, but with our Christmas events in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach (and beyond), we’re certainly in the holiday spirit! Plus, who needs a snowman when you can make a sandman? Christmas at The Wharf Get your photos with Santa this December and [Read More…]
 

Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving

November 9, 2016
Whether you live near the beach or are on vacation during Thanksgiving in Coastal Alabama, worry not … there are plenty of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving that will make you feel like you’re at home (minus the days of prep work and the mess). Fishing for a Delicious Meal Led by [Read More…]
 

Winter Vacation Ideas

October 27, 2016
Looking for some winter vacation ideas? Head to Coastal Alabama…then what? This itinerary will keep you warm and cozy, full of delicious eats, and entertained (yes, that means the kids, too), plus give you a great view. Does it get better than that? What to do: Of course, we’re all for donning a light sweater [Read More…]
 

5 Things to do this fall in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach

October 15, 2016
There’s always something to do in Coastal Alabama…always. Here are some of our favorite things to do each fall in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. Go Deep Sea Fishing Fall months bring fishing seasons of some of our favorites like Amberjack and White Shrimp. Grab your crew and charter a boat or, for a more economic choice, [Read More…]
 

Condos in Orange Beach

September 26, 2016
If you’re looking for condos in Orange Beach, Alabama, we’ve got plenty to choose from! The Rise of the Phoenix (high rise, that is) The Phoenix Condominiums are staples of the Alabama Gulf Coast. Situated near restaurants, attractions, and (of course) our beautiful Gulf of Mexico, their locations are ideal. And the amenities? Well, they [Read More…]
 

MVP Accommodations & Restaurants for Football Season

September 19, 2016
Is there anything better than a beach vacation, football, and stuffing your face with anything that drips with artery-clogging goodness? Thankfully, restaurants and accommodations along the Gulf Coast know how to satisfy their football-loving customers. Do you want a little surf with your turf? Here are a few travel planning tips and accommodations for football season… [Read More…]
 

Don’t Miss The Wharf Uncorked Food & Wine Festival

September 9, 2016
The Third Annual Wharf Uncorked Comes To Orange Beach September 15-17 Following a somewhat new and decidedly DELICIOUS tradition, the third annual Wharf Uncorked Food & Wine Festival is coming once again to Orange Beach. This three day culinary event features some of the best chefs from all over the world offering food tastings, amazing wine to go [Read More…]
 

Fishing on the Alabama Gulf Coast

September 6, 2016
Planning a fishing vacation this fall? Here’s what you need to know about fishing on the Alabama Gulf Coast…  Gulf State Park Pier Open 24 hours a day, the Gulf State Park Fishing Pier boasts status as the second longest pier on the Gulf Coast.  With bathrooms, a concession area, retail area for tackle [Read More…]
 

Pet-Friendly Condo in Gulf Shores, Alabama

August 25, 2016
If dog is man’s best friend, then why do we have to leave our four-legged BFFs at home while we vacation? On the Alabama Gulf Coast, we’re pet-friendly so pack your bags and get ready to warm your toes (and paws) in the sand at this Pet-Friendly Condo in Gulf Shores.  Where to Stay If [Read More…]
 

Why September is the Best Month for a Beach Vacation

August 11, 2016
The Weather. Our mild winters mean that there’s never really a bad time to visit, but September is when Mother Nature really hits her stride. It’s that perfect middle point when there is no need for a sweater, but also no sweltering, unbearable heat. Outdoor activities are perfect this time of year and the options [Read More…]
 

Where Should I stay in Gulf Shores, Alabama?

August 2, 2016
It’s a good question, and one that we get asked a lot (A LOT). With so many options, how do you narrow down where to stay? Here are a few tips that may help you make a decision.   The Lagoon When you’re on the Alabama Gulf Coast, you may immediately picture the white, sandy [Read More…]
 

Tropical Winds & Strawberry Lemonade

July 25, 2016
It’s summer vacation, and that means sweet, sugary treats are in order. A stay at a gorgeous unit like Tropical Winds 104 pairs perfectly with a tangy, sweet dessert.   On your way into town for your Gulf Shores vacation, you’ll see plenty of roadside produce ripe for the tasting! We highly recommend stopping to grab [Read More…]
 

Back-To-School Vacation Ideas

July 15, 2016
Sure, summer is winding down, but that doesn’t mean it’s over. This last minute vacation plan will provide you enough sandy-toed memories to get through the back-to-school hump. Plus, you know Junior’s new English teacher is immediately going to hit him with the “What Did You Do on Your Summer Vacation?” journal assignment. Let’s set [Read More…]
 

4 Must-Try New Restaurants in Orange Beach

July 6, 2016
No two vacations are exactly alike, especially when there’s an amazing suite of new places to dine in while you’re on your beach vacay. Here are 4 must-try new restaurants in Orange Beach.  MORNING Located in Cosmo’s Courtyard, BuzzCatz Coffee & Sweets is a must for breakfast or an afternoon pick-me-up. This new café is so much [Read More…]
 

5 Reasons to Visit Gulf Shores & Orange Beach This Summer

June 22, 2016
You  need to be in Orange Beach and Gulf Shores this summer. Don’t believe us? Here are 5 reasons to prove we’re right…   The beaches. It goes without saying, but our beaches are unparalleled. Sugar-white sands, sparkling turquoise waters. Combination relaxation central and endless playground. It simply doesn’t get much better than this. Theme [Read More…]
 

Your Guide to July 4th on the Alabama Gulf Coast

June 14, 2016
Follow this itinerary for the ultimate Independence Day in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.   Friday, July 1st   Once you’re able to pull yourself from that blissful vacation sleep, head over to Tacky Jack’s in Gulf Shores for a waterfront oyster bake. You’ll find live music, drink specials, and plenty of sand for the [Read More…]
 

What to Pack for the Beach: Your Condo Checklist

June 3, 2016
Looking for what to pack for the beach? We get that a lot. There’s a fine line between over packing and smart packing. In an effort to help you utilize your limited packing space (and stay in that smart packing range), here’s a helpful list of items we provide, and items you may need. Beach [Read More…]
 

The Lazy Family Vacation you should take this Summer

May 18, 2016
Sure, there are way more than 63 things to do in Gulf Shores & Orange Beach, but one of our absolute favorite things to do? Absolutely nothing. That’s right. Sometimes, building sandcastles should be the most effort you put into anything during your vacation. For those wanting to be lazy while you’re on the coast, [Read More…]
 

Where to Stay in Gulf Shores & Orange Beach with Kids

May 11, 2016
The Alabama Gulf Coast is the place for family-friendly beach vacations. From sunrise to sunset, there’s something for each member of your family to do – even if you choose to do nothing but build sandcastles on our white, sandy beaches and ride the waves of our sparking, turquoise waters. The plethora of kid-friendly restaurants, [Read More…]
 

Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Shopping Guide

May 3, 2016
The beach and water are alluring, but everyone needs to indulge their inner-shopaholic while on the Alabama Gulf Coast. When you’re ready for a beach break, grab your crew, and get shopping! From souvenir keepsakes to name brand outlets, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach have you covered.   Tanger Outlet Center Travel a little [Read More…]
 

Family-Friendly Beach Vacations

April 20, 2016
Family-friendly beach vacations are the quintessential getaway. Memories of splashing in the pool and toes in the sand will last a lifetime, but since each family has specific needs, no accommodation is truly one size fits all. Whether you’re a foodie family, a group of pet-lovers, or avid sportsmen, we’ve got the perfect rental for [Read More…]
 

Don’t Miss The Hot Air Balloon Festival On The Gulf Coast

April 14, 2016
Enjoy the Hot Air Balloon Festival on Mothers’ Day This May 6th – 8th is Mothers’ Day Weekend. It is also the return of the Gulf Coast Hot Air Balloon Festival to Foley, Alabama. More than 35 hot air beauties will take to the air over the Gulf Shore region along with fun for the whole [Read More…]
 

Must-Try Dishes in Gulf Shores & Orange Beach

April 13, 2016
Your vacation on the Alabama Gulf Coast should include fresh, delicious, and seasonal cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. And dessert, of course – down here, we always save room for dessert! We’ve compiled a list of some of the must-try dishes in Gulf Shores & Orange Beach. WARNING: these dishes may induce a serious food [Read More…]
 

Sea Breeze Condominiums in Gulf Shores, Alabama

April 5, 2016
Situated in the heart of the action of Gulf Shores is Sea Breeze Condominiums. With gorgeous waterfront views, deeded beach access, and restaurants and shopping within walking distance, Sea Breeze in Gulf Shores is the perfect family-friendly condo for your next Alabama Gulf Coast vacation. 1) Location Within 1.5 miles of Sea Breeze, you’ll find [Read More…]
 

8 Tips for a Budget Beach Vacay

March 18, 2016
There’s nowhere better for a family-friendly beach vacation than the Alabama Gulf Coast. Gulf Shores and Orange Beach stand as the perfect setting to relax, rejuvenate, and make memories that will last a lifetime. Want to vacation in your own little slice of paradise but have to keep the budget in mind? No worries! With [Read More…]
 

Hot Cars + Beach = PURE JOY! The ‘Bama Coast Cruise is April 28-30

March 10, 2016
Get Wheels Ready For The ‘Bama Coast Cruise Do you love your car? Do you love showing off your car? Do you prefer the company of like minded individuals who know that cars are the most important topic of discussion there is? Or do you just like to watch beautiful cars cruise down the open [Read More…]
 

63 Things to Do in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach

March 9, 2016
When you’re on the Alabama Gulf Coast, there are endless activities you can fill your day with—so much so that just making the list of options can be overwhelming. That’s why we’ve combined them all! Here’s our definitive guide of things to do in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach (and beyond)…of course, lounging on the [Read More…]
 

3 FOODIE BEACH Vacations You Should Be Taking This Year…

March 2, 2016
Food-lovers rejoice! Orange Beach is the perfect spot for self-proclaimed foodies to vacation year-round. Need proof? Check out three of our favorite foodie vacations for 2016.   Chef Bill Briand When? Anytime! Where? Fisher’s at Orange Beach Marina What? James Beard awards are the Oscars of the food world. Only the best of the best [Read More…]
 

Don’t Wait! Plan Your Hangout Music Festival Weekend NOW

February 25, 2016
Yes it is still winter pretty much everywhere. Dig yourself out of the deep freeze and make your plans now for the Hangout Music Festival in May, on the beach in Gulf Shores, Alabama. The Music This year’s three day Hangout Music Festival features some of the biggest acts in the world. Don’t miss your chance [Read More…]
 

5 Events You Don’t Want to Miss in Gulf Shores & Orange Beach

February 17, 2016
There are some events you simply don’t want to miss. Whether you’re a foodie, music-lover, or sipper of vino, Bender Realty has the perfect accommodations ready for your Gulf Shores or Orange Beach vacation.   Interstate Mullet Toss & Gulf Coast’s Greatest Beach Party When & Where? April 22-24 in Perdido Key Ideal Accommodations: Phoenix [Read More…]
 

7 Free Things To Do with Kids in Gulf Shores & Orange Beach

February 10, 2016
Vacations can be expensive. Luckily, you don’t have to choose between a vacation and making the mortgage payment. There are plenty of budget-friendly ideas for the little ones to do while you’re vacationing on the Alabama Gulf Coast. Hike or Bike the Backcountry Trail Weaving through the Gulf State Park that runs through Gulf Shores [Read More…]
 

3 Family-Friendly Spring Break Accommodations

February 3, 2016
Spring Break in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach is synonymous with family-friendly. As a matter-of-fact, just about everything on the Alabama Gulf Coast is ideal for kids (of all ages). If you’re looking for the perfect place to stay with the whole family this Spring Break, try one of these.  Sugar Beach 379 Sleeps: 4 [Read More…]
 

Celebrate Mardi Gras Time In Mobile, Alabama

January 25, 2016
The Birthplace of Mardi Gras When you think think of Mardi Gras, your natural inclination is to think of NEW ORLEANS!! With good reason, as the Crescent City has definitely become the spiritual home of the festival in America. But did you know that the actual ancestral home of the Mardi Gras Carnival in the [Read More…]
 

Alabama Gulf Coast Can Make You Happy :)

January 19, 2016
Was your New Year’s resolution to be healthier? Happier? More adventurous? If you’re finding yourself here in mid-January with no progress made (or have abandoned your resolutions all together), fret not. The team at Bender Realty has the perfect way to keep you on track in 2016, and it all starts right here on the [Read More…]
 

Leave Only Footprints

January 12, 2016
Whether you’re a local, a frequent visitor, or a first time guest, it’s our responsibility to protect and preserve the beautiful, natural vistas of the coast. Here are some tips and guidelines for keeping our coasts immaculate.   Beach Rules & Regulations Any structures or equipment left on the beach an hour after sunset will [Read More…]
 

Bender’s Attractions Guide

January 5, 2016
When you’re staying on the Alabama Gulf Coast, there’s a temptation to spend the whole day lounging on our white, sandy beaches (and if you choose to do that, we certainly don’t blame you), but if you want to get off the beach, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach are filled with rainy day activities, plenty [Read More…]
 

Ocean House 2605: Your Next Family Vacation Destination

December 16, 2015
Ocean House 2605, a beautifully furnished two bedroom, two bath condominium with gorgeous beachfront views, is perfect for your next family vacation. But, don’t take our word for it! Here’s what some recent renters had to say… “You absolutely cannot beat the view and location!” –Kyleen Situated within walking distance or a short drive to the [Read More…]
 

Bender’s Hole-in-the-Wall Dining Guide

December 10, 2015
When you’re staying on the Alabama Gulf Coast, one of the hardest parts of your day may just be where to dine. No really, that could be the most difficult decision you have to make. Ain’t life grand? If you’re the kind of vacationer looking to dine where the locals do, look no further [Read More…]
 

Orange Beach Vacation Ideas for 2016

December 3, 2015
Whether it’s just the gals or the whole motley crew, Bender Realty has the perfect accommodations ready for your Gulf Shores or Orange Beach vacation.   Family Vacation in Gulf Shores   Where to Stay: Three bedrooms and three baths mean Island Tower 803 is roomy enough for the whole family to spread out. Plenty [Read More…]
 

Beach Souvenirs | 7 ways to bring a piece of paradise home with you

November 18, 2015
Classic Beachy Souvenirs At our local souvenir shops, you’ll find everything from “Gulf Shores” and “Orange Beach” picture frames and coffee cups to alligator heads and everything in between. Are you a magnet collector or a shot glass connoisseur? Maybe the kiddos want to return home with the perfect sand dollar or starfish? Design [Read More…]
 

Stay Warm this Winter

November 9, 2015
We’ve already made our case for why the Alabama Gulf Coast is the ideal vacation destination outside of the summer season, but we thought you still may need a few ideas of how to keep warm this winter. With our mild climate, you can still participate in recreation activities, hit the links, or spend the [Read More…]
 

Thanksgiving on the Alabama Gulf Coast

November 3, 2015
Do you picture yourself spending your Thanksgiving on our sugar white sands? There’s still time to book your Thanksgiving vacation! Imagine your family here at Windward Pointe 603…. Happy Holidays from Windward Pointe That king size bed may encourage sleeping in late, but get up early. You definitely won’t regret sipping coffee (with a little [Read More…]
 

Frank Brown International Songwriters Festival, November 5-15

October 26, 2015
November  brings a unique musical journey to the Gulf Shore region, the Frank Brown International Songwriters Festival. Experience Grammy Award winning songwriters as well the future stars of the art of songwriting perform original their works all along the Gulf Coast, including in Gulf Shores, Alabama. The festival is named for Frank Brown, who was [Read More…]
 

4 Reasons You Should Vacation at Westwind 901

October 13, 2015
Is Westwind 901 your next Gulf Shores getaway? Here’s 4 reasons we think it should be. Room for the Whole Family A King sized bed, 2 Queens, a double bed, and a sleeper sofa. We’re not saying you have to invite the whole family…but you definitely could. With 4 bedrooms and 3 baths, 10 [Read More…]
 

5 Ways to Enjoy the View on the Alabama Gulf Coast

October 8, 2015
The Alabama Gulf Coast is a beautiful natural playground, and if you’ve made plans to vacation in paradise, you may never want to lose sight of those sugar white sands. Up and down the coast, there’s plenty to do…without ever losing that gorgeous waterfront view!   #5. Slow Down with some Bird Watching on [Read More…]
 

Hangout Gulf Shores Oyster Cook- Off Weekend, November 6-8

October 6, 2015
Experience a true culinary adventure November 6-8 at the Hangout Gulf Shores Oyster Cook-Off and Craft Beer weekend. The nation’s buzziest chefs will be preparing oysters for you to sample. Take a taste of over 25 craft breweries offerings, judge the Bloody Mary Invitational and enjoy live music from national acts. Friday, Nov. 6th: Enjoy the [Read More…]
 

A Day in the Life of a Sandpiper Stay

October 1, 2015
Sandpiper 16B is an adorable, beachfront unit that sleeps 6. But what should you do during your stay there? Here’s an itinerary of what we think may just be the perfect Gulf Shores day. Morning Typically, we’d suggest you quickly fry up some eggs and get thee to the beach. The sun isn’t going [Read More…]
 

7 Reasons You Should Plan a Fall Vacation

September 23, 2015
It’s Budget Friendly After Labor Day, the rates for beachfront (and beach adjacent) houses and condos drop. That means that fall is a time when what’s good for your wallet and what’s good for your soul collide. Win, win. Oysters, Collard Greens, Pumpkins! Oh my! The bounty of the local farms and Gulf of Mexico [Read More…]
 

12 Questions to Find Out if Island Royale is Right For You

September 16, 2015
For those of us who are reluctant to give up summer vacation, a beach getaway is just what the doctor ordered. The only side effects to this prescription? Pure relaxation. Fall on the coast is a magical time. The coastal, autumn air is crisp and clear, but not cold. The oysters are plump and the [Read More…]
 

Get Your Shrimp On At The National Shrimp Festival

September 7, 2015
October in Gulf Shores means one thing and one thing only,  it’s time for the Annual  National Shrimp Festival, presented by Zatarains! This is the 45th year of the festival, October  8-11 at the public beach access in Gulf Shores. This festival is one of the country’s biggest outdoor festivals, bringing 250,000 folks annually to Gulf [Read More…]
 

Island Tower 803: Your Ideal Vacation Setting

September 4, 2015
PICTURE THIS… You’re standing in the kitchen chopping farm fresh tomatoes and taking breaks to sip a crisp Pinot Grigio. When you look to the long, granite bar, the kiddos are giggling as they learn to peel Alabama Gulf shrimp. Looking past them and out of the floor-to-ceiling windows, you catch a glimpse of the [Read More…]
 

Sea Oats C201

August 30, 2015
Like a little bit of everything while on vacation? Sea Oats C201 has a bit of everything!  Sea Oats is located at 1872 West Beach Boulevard. This wonderful condominium has three bedrooms and two full bathrooms. The master bedroom has a king-sized bed. One guest bedroom has a [Read More…]
 

Gulf Shores Alabama Shopping – Feed Your Need to Shop

August 18, 2015
Less than 10 miles from Gulf Shores, find your one stop shopping mecca when you visit the Tanger Outlets in Foley, Alabama. With designer and brand-name outlet stores for everyone in the family, you can pack in a week’s worth of shopping into one day and then head right back to the beautiful Gulf Shore. [Read More…]
 

Gulf Tower 10C

August 16, 2015
Love waking up to a beautiful view? Gulf Tower 10C has one! Gulf Tower is located at 1051 West Beach Boulevard. This wonderful condominium has two bedrooms and two full bathrooms. The master bedroom has a king-sized bed. The guest bedroom has two twin-sized beds. [Read More…]
 

With So Many Gulf Shores Alabama Golf Courses, It Really Should Be Called The “Golf Coast”

August 4, 2015
Is golf your thing? Look no further than the beach-side golfing paradise which is the Alabama Gulf Coast – or should we say “Golf Coast?” The Gulf Shores Alabama golf courses are just a short drive from all of the Coast’s metro areas. With mild weather, you can enjoy our area courses all year long. [Read More…]
 

Driftwood Towers 6E

August 2, 2015
Keep summer going! Book a stay at Driftwood Towers 6E!  Driftwood Towers is located at 615 West Beach Boulevard. This gorgeous condominium has two bedrooms and two full bathrooms. The master bedroom has a king-sized bed. The guest bedroom has two twin-sized beds. Other amenities [Read More…]
 

Share the Beach with Sea Turtles

July 20, 2015
Did you know that our Alabama Coast beaches are home to rare and endangered nesting sea turtles? There are three type of sea turtles that set up their nurseries along our shores, the protected loggerhead and green turtles and the endangered Kemps Ridley. Between May and October these very special creature return to lay their [Read More…]
 

Sandpiper 5B

July 19, 2015
Spend a pool day at Sandpiper 5B! Come on down and enjoy the view and Gulf breeze.  The Sandpiper is located at 1069 West Beach Boulevard. This fabulous condominium has two bedrooms and two full bathrooms. The master bedroom has a queen-sized bed. The guest bedroom has two [Read More…]
 

Be Beach Safe -Pay Attention To Those Beach Warning Flags!

July 6, 2015
Safety is tantamount to getting the most enjoyment from your Alabama Gulf Shores vacation. Our public beaches are protected by lifeguards from March through September, but that doesn’t mean that you should not do all you can to maintain your own safety and vigilance at all times You will notice flags placed along the beach [Read More…]
 

Phoenix VII 7111

July 5, 2015
Find fun in the sun at Phoenix VII 7111! Phoenix VII 7111 is located at 26802 Perdido Beach Boulevard. This awesome condominium features one bedroom and one bathroom.  The bedroom has a king-sized bed.  Other great amenities of this unit include a sofa bed, [Read More…]
 

The Perfect 4th Of July Is Spent At Gulf Shores Alabama

June 22, 2015
What could be better than a Gulf Shores Alabama  4th of July?! The perfect holiday getaway is spent on our white sand beaches, surrounded by those perfect emerald blue waters. Enjoy the FREE fireworks show on July 4, starting at 9pm. The show will be fired from Gulf State Park Pier and will be visible from all [Read More…]
 

Sandpiper 7C

June 21, 2015
When you’re ready to plunge into a beach vacation Sandpiper 7C is ready!  The Sandpiper is located at 1069 West Beach Boulevard. This wonderful condominium features two bedrooms and two full bathrooms. The master bedroom has a queen-sized bed. The guest bedroom has two queen-sized beds. [Read More…]
 

Take A Trip Back In Time At Historic Fort Morgan

June 8, 2015
Located on the tip of the Fort Morgan Peninsula on Mobile Point, your family can take a trip into the past at Fort Morgan, standing guard as it has since 1819 where the Bay meets the Gulf of Mexico. This historical masonry fort stands testament to the U.S. fortifications which dotted the Gulf Coast to [Read More…]
 

Gulf Tower 7D

June 7, 2015
Having a bad day? Keep calm and plan your next vacation! Gulf Tower 7D could be your destination! Gulf Tower is located at 1051 West Beach Boulevard. This wonderful condominium features two bedrooms and two full bathrooms. The master bedroom has a queen-sized bed. The guest bedroom has [Read More…]
 

Crystal Shores West 106

May 24, 2015
Where luxury meets the surf! Crystal Shores West 106!  Crystal Shores West is located at 931 West Beach Boulevard. This beautiful condominium has two bedrooms and two full bathrooms.  The master bedroom has a king-sized bed. The guest bedroom has a queen-sized bed.  Other great [Read More…]
 

Tropical Winds 503

May 10, 2015
Ready to shake the sand from your shoes? It’s time for another beach vacation! Tropical Winds is the perfect destination!  Tropical Winds is located at 1003 West Beach Boulevard. This fabulous condominium has two bedrooms and two full bathrooms. The master bedroom has a king-sized bed. The guest [Read More…]
 

Sandpiper 10B

April 26, 2015
We have a chair waiting for you at Sandpiper 10B! Come on down and enjoy the view and Gulf breeze. The Sandpiper is located at 1069 West Beach Boulevard. This fabulous condominium has two bedrooms and two full bathrooms. The master bedroom has a queen-sized bed. The guest [Read More…]
 

Gulf Tower 6C

April 12, 2015
How many days until your next vacation? If you don’t know, it’s time to make plans. Make your next getaway destination Gulf Tower 6C!  Gulf Village is located at 1051 West Beach Boulevard. This fabulous condominium has two bedrooms and two full bathrooms. The master bedroom has two [Read More…]
 

Five Don’t Miss Destinations for Your Next Gulf Shores Vacation

April 1, 2015
We all know that vacation days are precious, especially when the whole family is in tow. For your convenience, we have compiled a list of five family-friendly destinations along Alabama’s beautiful Gulf Shores area to ensure maximum enjoyment on your next family  vacation. 1. Gulf State Park Gulf State Park boasts a variety of attractions [Read More…]
 

Gulf Village 216

March 29, 2015
Ready for some fun in the sun?! Gulf Village 216 is the perfect destination! Gulf Village is located at 1027 West Beach Boulevard. This wonderful condominium has three bedrooms and two full bathrooms. The master bedroom has a king-sized bed. One guest bedroom has a queen-sized bed. [Read More…]
 

Island Royale 1103

March 15, 2015
Spring has sprung! Spring into Island Royale 1103! Island Royale 1103 is located at 809 West Beach Boulevard. This wonderful condominium has two bedrooms and two full bathrooms. The master bedroom has a king-sized bed. The guest bedroom has a queen-sized bed.  Other great [Read More…]
 

Driftwood Towers 1D

March 1, 2015
Celebrate Spring! Spend a week at Driftwood Towers 1D! Driftwood Towers is located at 615 West Beach Boulevard. This delightful condominium has two bedrooms and two full bathrooms. The master bedroom has a king-sized bed. The guest bedroom has two twin-sized beds. Other amenities [Read More…]
 

Caribbean 202

February 14, 2015
Ready for the perfect beach day? Plan one while staying at Caribbean 202! The Caribbean is located at 1057 West Beach Boulevard. This wonderful condominium has one bedroom and one and a half bathrooms. The bedroom has a queen-sized bed. Other great [Read More…]
 

Island Royale 903

January 31, 2015
Take your sweetheart on a beach vacation! Island Royale 903 is the perfect romantic getaway! Island Royale is located at 809 West Beach Boulevard. This beautiful condominium features two bedrooms and two full bathrooms. The master bedroom has a king-sized bed. The guest bedroom has two twin-sized beds. [Read More…]
 

Royal Palms 503

January 17, 2015
Location! Location! Location! Welcome to Royal Palms 503! Royal Palms is located at 561 East Beach Boulevard. This wonderful condominium has one bedroom and two full bathrooms. The master bedroom has a queen-sized bed. Other great amenities include a sleeper sofa, two TVs, a [Read More…]
 

Clearwater 8C

January 3, 2015
Spring will be here before you know it. Spend a week at Clearwater 8C! Clearwater is located at 517 East Beach Boulevard. This charming condominium features one bedroom and one full bathroom. The master bedroom has a king-sized bed.  Other great amenities of this [Read More…]
 

Perdido Quay 601

December 21, 2014
Need a relaxing day beside the Gulf? Enjoy one at Perdido Quay 601! Perdido Quay is located at 28828 Perdido Beach Boulevard. This awesome condominium has two bedrooms and two full bathrooms. The master bedroom has a queen-sized bed. The guest bedroom has two twin-sized beds. [Read More…]
 

Sandpiper 2C

December 7, 2014
Nothing says, “Welcome to the Beach!” like Sandpiper 2C! Welcome to the Sandpiper 2C! The Sandpiper is located at 1069 West Beach Boulevard. This fabulous condominium has two bedrooms and two full bathrooms. The master bedroom has a queen-sized bed. The guest bedroom has a king-sized bed.   [Read More…]
 

Gulf Village 113

November 23, 2014
Already tired of winter? Head south to Gulf Village 113! Gulf Village is located at 1027 West Beach Boulevard. This roomy condominium features two bedrooms and two full bathrooms. The master bedroom has a queen-sized bed. The guest bedroom has two twin-sized beds. Other great [Read More…]
 

Gulf Village 316

November 8, 2014
Looking for the perfect holiday gift? Book a stay at Gulf Village 316! Gulf Village is located at 1027 West Beach Boulevard. This roomy condominium features three bedrooms and two full bathrooms. The master bedroom has a king-sized bed. One guest bedroom has a queen-sized bed and the [Read More…]
 

Caribbean 604

October 25, 2014
Looking for beauty and comfort on your next vacation?! Caribbean 604 has them both! The Caribbean is located at 1057 West Beach Boulevard. This wonderful condominium features two bedrooms and two full bathrooms. The master bedroom has a queen-sized bed. The guest bedroom has a queen-sized bed.   [Read More…]
 

Crystal Shores 1001

October 11, 2014
Need a room with a view? Crystal Shores 1001 is the answer! Crystal Shores is located at 921 West Beach Boulevard. This wonderful condominium features two bedrooms and two full bathrooms. The master bedroom has a King-sized bed. The guest bedroom has a queen-sized bed. [Read More…]
 

Royal Palms 904

September 27, 2014
A glass of wine, a warm breeze and the view from Royal Palms 904’s balcony. Perfect! Royal Palms is located at 561 East Beach Boulevard. This fantastic condominium has one bedroom and two full bathrooms. The master bedroom has a king-sized bed. Other great amenities include hall bunk [Read More…]
 

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